Today has to go down as one of our more surreal working days at Notebook. We’ve been flown from London to Los Angeles to meet Hawaiian-born, Kentucky-raised Nicole Scherzinger, who’s cementing her place as an honorary Brit by becoming Müller’s Team GB ambassador for the 2016 Olympics.
Which means Nicole is now officially a woman who straddles two continents like a steely-thighed colossus. Then again, you might say she’s always been on a whole Scherzylicious planet of her own…
Nicole is, in the most adorable way possible, the kookiest celebrity we’ve ever encountered. Before she’ll set one stiletto in our hotel room, she’s insisted on an insanely expensive ‘glam squad’ to prep her for the interview (bear in mind she’s not even having a single photo taken today). Yet it’s not because she’s vain or a diva, she insists.
“The thought of doing my hair and make-up myself gives me anxiety because I’m a perfectionist,” she apologises when she finally arrives two hours late, looking – yep – flawless.
“I’m like, “If it’s not perfect, why do it?” So it’s good that people do it for me because then I feel more classy. Like a lady.”
And what a woman she is. Whether she’s dropping gloriously random anecdotes (“My friend Prince told me I had to see Inside Out, those voices in the head are so me!”) or enthusing about her ambitions (“I’m thinking bigger, I’m finding things that are rearranging my DNA!”) she’s so good-hearted, fun and upbeat you simply can’t help but be swept along with her.
We’re rooting for you, Nic.
Do you feel like an adopted Brit?
Definitely. When people tell me they’re going to London I find myself saying, “You’re going to my town.” I love that the Brits get me, they get my sense of humour and my quirky ways with words and stuff. Everyone is so nice and courteous and well-mannered and super-cool and fun.
What sort of reaction do you get?
People get excited, I guess. One time, neither of my nail ladies were around, so I ran into a nail bar and the girls there squealed. I was like, “Calm down! You’re making me nervous!” That made me a bit awkward, because I was like, “I’m just normal, chilling…trying to get my nails done.” But it’s cool, it’s sweet.
How do you deal with jetting from continent to continent?
I try to run myself into the ground so I just have to fall asleep. You know, I’m actually amazing on planes. I LOVE being on planes. I have a day with myself. I eat all the meals, every course.
Flying first probably class helps…
In America, I actually prefer flying economy sometimes because I find the seats cosier. In first class the seats are just kind of… big.
You don’t look like you take up a lot of room, you’re in great shape…
I’m trying to get there. I was just in Australia, it’s summer there, and I’m like, “Hell no! I’m still in my winter body!” I really want to tone up. I want to tone up my legs more. And we’re always working on our butts, right? Squats! I’m going to work so hard on my butt I’m going to have back t*ts. My butt’s gonna be so high!
How do you balance looking great with having fun?
I think that comes with age. When I was in my 20s, I was really strict with myself. But now I’ve found a balance of acceptance where I feel really fit, but I appreciate my curves. I don’t deny myself anything. I could never do a no-carbs diet.
What would you say to the 20-something Nicole you were so hard on?
[Hollers] “What are you complaining about?! Whoo! You are CUTE!” I was too cute then.
You’re pretty cute now too, you look like you’re in your early 20s.
It’s my genetics. It’s the Filipino Hawaiian Ukrainian side. That’s all. I never did any drugs or any of that, I took care of myself but yeah, I think it’s just my genetics.
Any skin products you swear by?
I’m coming out with my own product soon, my own coconut oil. I’ve talked about coconut oil for years, my family used to extract it from the trees in their backyard and send it to me. It’s great for everything, it’s great for your skin and hair. You can use it as toothpaste, as deodorant…
Deodorant? You use it for that?
Absolutely! It’s amazing. I’m telling you. And it smells like the greatest thing. Who wouldn’t want their armpits to smell like fricking coconuts?! Seriously. I smell my own armpits when I put it on.
Do you ever suffer for your style?
I used to, in The Pussycat Dolls. We were trained to wear whatever we had to. I’m a size nine shoe but if I got a pair of vintage size fives and they looked cute I’d just have to dance through it. I don’t do that as much now, but I don’t mind. Honey if it’s going to cinch that waist I’m like [clicks fingers], “Hey, you cinch that waist so I can’t breathe!”
What ambitions do you have left?
It feels to me like I’ve only just begun. I thought about why that is, and it’s because I’m only using a fraction of my potential. You ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s never too late to be different. Make it your own. Do YOU.
Are you a believer in fate?
I think you have to go with your gut, and I actually meditate and pray on things a lot. Sometimes I go where the wind takes me but I put in 110 per cent because you’ll always get something that way.
Spirituality is a big focus for you…
I don’t know how anybody does it without focusing on their spirituality, it just grounds me. I grew up in a religious family; my poppa is a bishop now so I’m a very spiritual girl. Being in this industry, there’s so much negativity and it’s easy to lose track of purpose sometimes.
Do you like sharing your life with your fans?
Social media gives me the heebie-frickin’-jeebies. It gives me so much anxiety… It’s unnatural for me, I’m protective of what I want to share, I’ll take a million pictures and stare at them and figure out a filter – then I think, do I even want to share this?
Because I know if my big toe is in the wrong place it’s gonna be on the cover of the papers. It takes up too much of my frickin’ time and then I don’t end up posting anything and it sucks. I wish I could. I want to share so much but I get afraid because of the way people pick it apart and ridicule you.
Did you ever have a plan B career?
I was a really good artist. I was so good that when I was in the 4th grade they put me in a school at weekends with adults. They said I excelled in drawing without looking. Some of my work went to Japan. Now though, I wish I was a professional surfer. I would show off so much.
Your new Müller Corner ad is about perfect time with family and friends. What’s your idea of that?
A night in is everything to me, it’s magic. I only have a small circle of friends, they’ve been with me from the get-go. We crack open the wine, I cook some pasta and we go at it. We bare our souls. I love, love, love that.
What’s your pet peeve?
When people give me a massage and are just rubbing. I’m like, “Put something into it! Change my life!” Before they start I’m like, “Do you have strong hands? If not I’ll take somebody else”. I don’t have massages often so I’m like, “Make it count.” That’s my motto this year.
What makes you think, ‘Life is too short for this’?
Everything, right? Yeah! I feel as if I’m 22. I’m 37 and I’m like, “Where did my life go?” We’re so used to being like, “What’s tomorrow, what’s next?”, we’re always living in the future. But you just have to be in it right NOW.
If it ended tomorrow, what’d be the last luxury to go?
I’m so corny. The first thing I thought of was ‘stillness’. And then I thought ‘truffles’. Truffles on pasta. And chocolate truffle balls. Oh my gosh. I wouldn’t give up my nice blankets either.
What’s your biggest indulgence?
Jewellery. I’m quite a Cartier girl. Diamonds just make me feel different. Because you know what they’re worth. My sheets are expensive too. You could buy a nice car for the cost of really good sheets. But it’s what you go to bed with every night and it’s heaven.
Tell us exactly what you are going to be doing as Müller’s ambassador for Team GB?
I’m stoked about it! My good friend Julien Macdonald has created a Union Jack outfit for me. In the US everyone is so patriotic, so I’m all about inspiring everyone else to get behind Team GB, wear their Union Jack, have their Müller Corner yoghurt.
Were you sporty as a kid?
[Collapses in giggles] I’m laughing because my family would be laughing at that question. My nickname in sports was Noodle Arms. I was always in the outfield. I’m much more sporty now with things like surfboarding, I like extreme sports such as snowmobiling and jumping off things. I like that kind of rush. I think if I was in the Olympics I’d do something fun like that. Only because I’m not good enough to be in ping pong or anything.
What skill could you win a gold medal for?
Goofball! That would be my Olympic sport. I’m the biggest goofball around. And I’m a great cleaner. I can clean a kitchen SO well. Like, whistle clean. My mother taught me. Everything in my house has a place. Everything. Even, like, a stapler.
Müller is proud to be an official partner of Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Comments are closed.